Record-breaking Art

Record-breaking Art

Tracey Emin, Cornelia Parker, Strange Cargo and Adam Chodzko are among the artists whose work has been nominated for the Liberty Kent Public Art Award, which this year has received an impressive number of entries.

The award is for public artwork created between April 2009 and 2 September 2011, which has been made for, and sited in, a public space to which the public has free access and which creates a positive legacy.

The work can be anything from sculpture to street furniture or from mural to woodland installation, and can be a permanent fixture or of a temporary nature.

Now in its 17th year, the award is funded by Kings Hill developer Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd and Kent County Council and carries a total prize of £15,000. The award will be judged by a panel of experts, which this year is headed by design guru Wayne Hemingway.

Other members of the judging panel are Mark Davy, founder of Futurecity, the UK’s most successful culture and placemaking consultancy whose projects include Battersea Power Station, Ebbsfleet Valley and the Ebbsfleet Landmark Project; Stephanie Fuller, Senior Manager, Regional Planning at Arts Council England South East; Rosa Ainley, a Kent-based writer/artist and Anna Harvey, a Young Arts Ambassador for Kent.

Works entered for the award include glassworks, sculptures, signs, sound installations, performances and historical interpretations. They cover the whole of Kent and can be seen in towns, by the sea and in the countryside.

The nominations will be assessed by the judging panel and the winner announced at a ceremony at the Kings Hill Golf Club on 19 October. Of the total prize money, £7,000 will go to the winning artist, £5,000 to the work’s commissioner and £3,000 to the runner up artist. The winner also has their details engraved on the Liberty Kent chair – designed by Kent craftsman Will Glanfield – which they will get to keep until the next awards. Further details of the award can be found at

“The standard of entries is exceptional and we are delighted to have received so many,” said Andrew Blevins, managing director of Liberty Property Trust UK Ltd. “Research shows that public art creates a sense of community, enhances the environment and contributes to social health and wellbeing and it is great to see that Kent is commissioning so many works.

“We have a very distinguished judging panel and we are looking forward to hearing which piece has won.”

Sally Staples, head of KCC Arts Development Unit said: “The nominations reflect the quality of the public artworks created in the county in the last two years. Kent County Council recognises that sensitive, well-planned public art development can play an important role in enhancing the urban and rural environment of Kent.

“Public art can give a sense of identity, inject a feeling of local pride, transform empty spaces, help to increase tourism by improving environments for visitors, and have a positive effect on economic regeneration by stimulating activity in town centres and beyond. We look forward to hearing the judges’ decision.”

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